Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

By Fawn M. Brodie | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XIV

Restlessness and Torment

Tell me who die ... who marry, who hang themselves because they cannot marry.

Jefferson to Eliza House Trist,
August 15, 1785 1

France for Jefferson was in every sense a liberation. It freed him from provincial notions about the ultimate superiority of American life and ameliorated his prejudice against great cities, for Paris was a city to which he fondly hoped to return. It broadened his understanding of international finance and trade and sharpened his instincts about the sources and nature of national power. And it gave him an opportunity to share in a second revolution that had enormous political consequences. Most importantly for his domestic life, it helped to free him from the bondage of his dead wife. In Paris he embraced the philosophy, "the earth belongs to the living; the dead shall have no power over it." All the dammed-up resources of affection, trickling over from the moment of his arrival at Le Havre, began to pour out during his first Paris spring, and then, totally released in his love affair with the ethereal little artist-musician Maria Cosway, flowed henceforth in a flood of affection for France, for its countryside, its artists, its scientists, even for Louis XVI, whom at least in the beginning he counted an amiable monarch, with "an honest heart." 2

Had he been sent home as he expected within a few months, he might have returned totally enchained as before by the memories at Monticello. He recognized this bondage in writing wistfully to Eliza Trist, "Tell me who die that I may meet these disagreeable events in

-185-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 594

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.